Unmanaged Dedicated Server Quick Start Guide

Thank you for purchasing a dedicated server from A2 Hosting! This Quick Start Guide is designed to help you get up and running with your new Unmanaged Dedicated Server.

Unmanaged Dedicated Servers

A2’s Unmanaged Dedicated Servers are designed to give full root access control to experienced Linux administrators who are looking for a great solution for their custom configuration. There is no pre-installed software except for the Operating System itself. The primary management interface is SolusVM.

A2 Hosting Customer Portal

You can control the basic aspects of your Unmanaged Dedicated Server from the A2 Hosting Customer Portal. After you log in, click My Services, and then click Manage next to your dedicated server plan. Scroll down to see Server Information. From here, you can shut down, boot, or reboot your Unmanaged Dedicated Server. You can also view information about disk space, bandwidth, and memory usage.

For more information about how to use the Customer Portal, please see these articles.


SolusVM is the primary control panel for unmanaged dedicated server accounts. You can access it at https://solvmdedi2.a2hosting.com:5656. SolusVM enables you to control or view the following:

  • Disk space, bandwidth, and memory usage for the dedicated server.
  • Power control: shutdown, boot, and reboot.
  • System control: change which operating system image you want to use for the dedicated server, change your root password or hostname, and access the console.
  • IP information, logs, and statistics.

You can also specify contact information. We may occasionally need to contact you regarding your services, so please keep your contact information up to date. You should use an e-mail address that is still accessible even if the dedicated server is not working. 

This contact address is not updated when you change your email in the Client Area. Make sure that your primary contact address in the Client Area will be accessible even if your A2 services are offline. You can learn how to update your email address in our Client Area here.
DNS server setup

If you purchased a new domain from A2 Hosting or transferred a domain to A2 Hosting, you can use the following name servers for your dedicated server:

  • dns1.name-services.com
  • dns2.name-services.com
  • dns3.name-services.com
  • dns4.name-services.com

To set the name servers, login to the A2 Hosting Customer Portal. Click My Domains, locate the domain, and then click Manage Domain. To set the name servers, click Nameservers. To create DNS Records for your domain, click Management Tools, and then click Manage DNS. You will probably want to create an A record that points to your dedicated server IP address.

If your domain is with another registrar, you must use their DNS management interface.

For more information about how to configure your domain, please see this article.


If you have an unmanaged dedicated server, you can use Webuzo to install a wide range of applications and frameworks quickly and easily. For more information about Webuzo, please see this article.


The ways to customize your dedicated server are simply limitless. If you’re wondering whether or not A2 supports particular customization for your dedicated server, please see this article

Need help getting off the ground?

If you need assistance or have a question regarding setting up your unmanaged dedicated server, please open a ticket on the Customer Portal at https://my.a2hosting.com and one of our Guru Crew will be glad to help you.

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